"I'm proud to be down here for the Big House Museum ribbon cutting and be a small part of this exciting event” said Mark Franzoso
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Croton On Hudson, NY (PRWEB) June 18, 2010
Croton-on-Hudson, NY (PRWEB) June 18, 2010 -- Franzoso Contracting, Inc. is proud to announce their participation in the restoration of the Allman Brothers Band’s "Big House Museum" in Macon Georgia.
A chance encounter led the Mark Franzoso, a New York contractor to make a major donation to the Big House Museum in Macon, GA to help preserve the home and history of the Allman Brothers Band. Mark Franzoso stood next to Gary Giller, treasurer of the Big House Foundation, at a sold-out concert in Saratoga Springs, NY and struck up a friendship that would bring him to Macon to start the renovations needed to turn a 108-year-old Grand Tudor mansion into a historic musical institution.
"I'm proud to be down here for the ribbon cutting and be a part of this event,” said Franzoso, at the grand opening of The Allman Brothers Band Museum. The ribbon cutting was done by Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe.
Franzoso's five-man crew re-roofed the 6,000-square-foot house where the members of the Allman Brothers Band lived from 1970 to 1973 and wrote some of their most acclaimed music, becoming the principal architects of the new genre of Southern Rock music under the Macon label Capricorn Records.
A year after meeting Giller, Franzoso met Allman Brothers Band Tour Manager Kirk West, who had lived for nearly 15 years in the Big House with his wife, Kirsten, and had amassed an enormous collection of memorabilia. "A year and a half ago when Kirk sold his house to the foundation, I was asked to look at the engineering report and come up with an estimate for a new roof," said Franzoso. "I was flattered that I was asked to get involved. I knew once this museum got off the ground that I had to be the one to do the roof over where this important collection is going to be housed."
Franzoso donated the labor for the roof and secured the donation of architectural shingles. He estimates the entire project at more than $35,000, including removing old roofing, re-roofing pitched and flatroofs, replacing rotted wood, installing new copper flashing and placing copper coping on the front edge of the roof. The new shingles are close to the same color as those that were removed from the house originally built for Georgia’s 67th Governor Nathaniel E. Harris.
The Big House Foundation has converted The Big House into a world-class museum commemorating the cultural and historic impact of the Allman Brothers Band, said Foundation President Bob Johnson. “This museum is a rarity. Few sites in the U.S. exist where an internationally-acclaimed American rock band lived or worked and which are open to the public. The Allman Brothers Band is a huge contributing factor to Macon’s rich music heritage and the powerful attraction the State of Georgia offers to music heritage tourism.”
The Allman Brothers Band and members Duane Allman, Chuck Leavell, and Gregg Allman have been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the band is also enshrined at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
About Franzoso Contracting: Franzoso Contracting is a home improvement company, specializing in roofing, siding, windows and doors, home energy efficiency and is a fully licensed contractor in Westchester and Putnam county. NY. Franzoso Contracting is headquartered at 33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, New York, with additional locations in Buchanan and Peekskill, NY. They can be reached at 914-271-4572 or online at http://www.franzoso.com.